Xbox hardware revenue fell 30% in Q3 2023 compared to the prior year

Xbox console sales were down significantly in Microsoft's latest financial quarter.


Microsoft’s Q3 2023 earnings report provided insight into the company’s financial performance over the past few months. While it primarily focused on the company at large and some of its major products and services, there was a small sliver of information about its gaming division, also known as Xbox. It was bad news for Xbox, though, as hardware sales were reported to be down 30 percent compared to last year.

On slide 13 of Microsoft’s Q3 2023 earnings presentation, the company highlights its gaming division’s performance over the latest quarter. It’s here we see that gaming hardware revenue, which is essentially Xbox console sales, was down by 30 percent in comparison to Q3 2022. Microsoft attributes this sharp decline to the fact that the previous year “benefitted from increased console supply.”

A screenshot of Microsoft's gaming highlights in its Q3 2022 earnings presentation.

Source: Microsoft

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the Microsoft gaming hardware in question. Released simultaneously in November 2021, the new systems flew off shelves and were hard to come by as Microsoft struggled to produce enough units to meet demands. Since then, production rates have increased, but sales numbers have decreased over the latest period.

With the presence of Xbox Game Pass and all of Microsoft’s first-party games on PC, many have speculated how that may impact the sale of Xbox consoles. There’s no concrete information about the PC userbase in this report, but it’s something to keep in mind as we get further into this console generation.

Xbox’s hardware sales numbers were just a piece of the information found in Microsoft’s Q3 2023 earnings report, which also showed that the company beat both earning and revenue expectations. If you’re looking for all the other financial news dropping in the tech and gaming worlds this week, Shacknews has the details.

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